12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Toronto
Fly:  16 h
1
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  4 h
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Toronto

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Turku Castle and Old Rauma. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Turku is an approximately 20- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Toronto in July, things will get slightly colder in Turku: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Old Rauma
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, then take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mariehamn holiday maker site.

Fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Pori.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kastelholm Castle, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 3rd (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Pori Art Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), and finally see the interesting displays at Villa Mairea.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pori trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Mariehamn to Pori in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August in Pori, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea
Pori Art Museum ©
Pori Art Museum

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip planner.

Drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 6th (Tue), indulge your taste buds at Savonlinna Market Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna road trip site.

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

3
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to The National Museum of Finland and Kansallisgalleria. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Cathedral of Porvoo in Porvoo--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip builder app.

Getting from Savonlinna to Helsinki by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Cathedral of Porvoo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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